WS has been presented with an opportunity to start a club for girls who code. Rachel Ross is the Regional Partnership Coordinator for Vermont at Girls Who Code, the international non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in the world of technology. This club would be about coding--and so much more. 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls are invited to join the sisterhood of supportive peers and role models while using computer science to change the world. The interactive curriculum introduces computer science concepts while encouraging girls to hone skills, like bravery and resilience, that they will use to pursue their careers. Plus, the curriculum is flexible. In order for this program to begin and be successful at WS we would need a facilitator of this group that is at least 18 years of age. The facilitator does not need to have any sort of technology or computer science background. The program provides the schools with a curriculum that is self-guided via an online learning platform. Many of the other clubs are run by teachers of other disciplines, librarians, parents in the community, college students, and local volunteers. If we have three students in this club WS will be eligible for a $300 club grant. This grant can be used for anything that supports our students while meeting, including snacks for meetings, an end of year celebration, or bringing in guest speakers. The program itself does not cost anything. If you are interested in being a club facilitator or have a student that would like to be a part of this club please contact Jenna Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenna Brown, Guidance Counselor